Okay, so that headline is totally not fair, at all… But anyone who read the excellent one-shot ‘Our Love Is Real’ during its initial – tiny – print run, or on a digital platform knows that writer Sam Humphries scifi opus doesn’t shy away from some really weird ideas. Sexual ideas. About dogs. And plants. And crystals.
Now, after success with a limited run, Humphries is releasing the book to a much wider audience through Image Comics on November 2nd (hey, you can pre-order it here!). With the order cut off date fast approaching on October 10th, we thought we’d check in with Humphries to talk about one of our favorite single issue comics of the year. Oh, and how much research he had to do for the dog sex portions of the book:
MTV Geek: Before we get into “Our Love Is Real,” can you talk about your background in the comic book industry – how you got to where you are now?
Sam Humphries: Sure. In 2002 I worked for a manga company called Gutsoon! Entertainment, publisher of Raijin Comics, which was my first entry into comics as an industry. Some time later, for two and a half years, I worked in content and development at MySpace, back when it was cool to work for MySpace. One of the projects I developed there was MySpace Comic Books, including MySpace Dark Horse Presents and so forth. After all that collapsed, I began pushing myself as a comic book writer.
Geek: What was the impetus for self-releasing Our Love Is Real?
SH: I didn't have anything else going on. No projects coming up. No books in the pipeline. Nothing on tap. I was about to have a "lost year" in a two-year career, and I felt like a loser. Then I realized, fuck it, if I'm gonna go down, I might as well go down swinging, right? So I decided that no matter what, I was going to spend 2011 making comics and putting them out there. If a publisher wanted to be a part of that plan, great...but if not, I was going to figure out how to do it myself. I wasn't going to wait for anyone else to come around and give me permission. That was just an illusion I had, anyway -- that need for a rubber stamp of approval to go ahead and make a comic. Read More...